Spotlight On Indie Author Amanda Brenner
I am a native Midwesterner and have spent my adult life in the business world. I have traveled extensively throughout the United States, occasionally venturing into Canada and Nova Scotia.
My initial interest in writing started at an early age, when westerns were the most popular attractions at the local theater. My first novel, Trail of Vengeance, is in that genre. In the course of plotting and fleshing out this work, I lived at the library, scouring dozens of books for authentic details of life on the frontier in the 1880s.
After finishing a second western, Shadow of the Rope, I began to explore a new direction and completed several short stories, along with three contemporary mysteries involving a private investigator I created, the latest being The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue.
Here are my books
|Shadow of the Rope|
Charlotte Beckford watched helplessly as the man she loved was gunned down in the middle of a dusty Kansas street. In another month, they would have married. Now, as she knelt and cradled Adam's broken body, she screamed hysterically at his murderer, swearing that she would see him hang. But Bowie Rayburn laughed at her threat, her words echoing behind him as he rode away unconcerned. After all, he thought, what could she do--she was just a girl.
|Trail of Vengeance|
The aftermath of a hanging—-of the fifteen-year-old brother of a hired killer: Charlie Cross vows vengeance on the posse that lynched his brother; he never figured a drifter would risk his life to avenge a friend.
"A great western read, a bit of mystery, romance and suspense. I enjoyed turning the pages to find out what happens. The characters are well-formed and the banter is worth reading. Charlie and Hank have issues to work out but who will succeed? The setting is perfect as you can picture yourself right along in the daily chores and happenings. This is one author I have added to my watch list so I can read more."
5.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance and Romance July 29, 2012
By Barbara Hightower VINE™ VOICE
|The Cottage by the Lake|
Sid Langdon didn’t believe in the Greenwood ghost—until murder changed his mind!
Sid is hired by a wealthy gentleman to investigate mysterious occurrences at his parents’ lakeside estate. The man considers the incidents the work of pranksters trading on a local legend of a Confederate officer whose ghost prowls the surrounding woods.
When the body of his client’s disabled father is found floating beside the boat dock, his skull fractured, possibly by the blunt edge of a sword, Sid suspects it was no accident and that his quarry is no ghost. Dogged by guilt that his initial skepticism may have contributed to the man’s death, Sid is determined to bring the killer in.
New! Patrick D. reviewed The Cottage by the Lake:
"A good book by a talented author, February 11, 2013.
This is one author to watch. The storyline was good. It captivated me throughout and was authentic. I recommend reading this book. A solid 4 stars."
|The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue|
Two men are obsessed with a legendary jewel that vanished during the Crimean War. Now one of them is missing, and Sid Langdon has been hired to find him. When the trail goes cold, Sid decides to trace the stone instead, and uncovers a murky world of murderous intrigue along the trail to the Nourdon Blue.
Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite: Four Stars "The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue" is technically well-written and the story is very detailed. The author has chosen some interesting characters; however, for me they weren't defined as I would have liked. I did, however, really like Max. The plot was good, but was slow to develop and lagged a little from time to time, asking for a little more action. Overall, "The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue" is a good story, well worth the time to read it.
Sid Langdon, a newly-licensed private investigator who wonders how he is going to pay his rent, gets his first case—complete with a corpse and a million dollars in missing jewels. And he is tapped to find the answers by the very man who may be responsible for both! So who done it? Sid wades through a sordid quagmire of blackmail, adultery, and betrayal to find the answers. It’s Sid’s first case—it might well be his last!
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